After a nailbiter of a series, the Houston Astros secured their first-ever World Series title Wednesday night by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games. The final score was 5-1.
The victory brought some cheer to a town that was devastated in late August by Hurricane Harvey.
The win also capped a historic year for the 55-year old MLB franchise, which became the first team in history to win a pennant in both of leagues that make up Major League Baseball when they advanced to the 2017 World Series. (Back in 2005 as a member of the National League, Houston defeated the Atlanta Braves for the NL pennant to advance to that year’s World Series, where they were shut out by the Chicago White Sox.)
The victory was a bitter pill for Dodgers fans to swallow, however, coming after Houston Astros first baseman Yulieski Gurriel made a racist gesture at Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish during Game 3. The gesture, caught on film, sparked a huge outcry, but Major League baseball determined that Gurriel would be allowed to continue playing during the World Series. Instead, his punishment would be a 5-game suspension at the start of the next baseball season, along with mandatory diversity training during the offseason.